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Milwaukee, Helena extend PDC

The Milwaukee Brewers and the Helena Brewers (rookie; Pioneer League) announced a two-year player development contract extension through the 2014 season. “We are excited to extend our player development contract with the Helena franchise,” said Reid Nichols, Brewers Special Assistant to the General Manager/Director of Player Development/Training Center. “The Helena front office, led by President/General […]

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Selig: Rivalry series may survive interleague play

The two annual rivalry series may survive a scheduling reconfiguration in 2013 because of their popularity with fans, according to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. Right now there are two three-game rivalry interleague series — Yankees/Mets, Cubs/White Sox, Twins/Brewers, Rays/Marlins, A’s/Giants, Angels/Dodgers, etc. — that are popular in terms of box-office appeal and ratings, particularly in larger cities where […]

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Milwaukee, Phoenix extend Maryvale Baseball Park lease for three years

The Milwaukee Brewers and the city of Phoenix are extending the team’s spring-training lease at Maryvale Baseball Park for three years and will negotiate a new, longer agreement. The three-year lease extension calls for $1.5 million in improvements immediately, and the two sides will discuss more improvements in further lease negotiations. The improvements will be […]

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Cactus League facing uncertainty, financial issues

With Oakland and Milwaukee potentially relocating and tourism taxes coming up short, Cactus League officials are working to identify new sources of revenue to pay down spring-training-ballpark debt. While it’s highly unlikely either team will leave the greater Phoenix area — Oakland is negotiating a move to HoHoKam Park once the Cubbies depart and the […]

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New for 2012: Lakeshore Chinooks

A Mequon (Wis.) team co-owned by former Milwaukee Brewers greats Robin Yount and Bob Uecker, the Lakeshore Chinooks, will be entering the summer-collegiate Northwoods League in 2012. The team will play at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, located north of Milwaukee. The team will be owned by Kapco Inc. of Grafton; Kapco is also building a […]

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Rafters adding extra seating for All-Star Game

High-class problem to have: the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are adding bleachers to Witter Field for this Monday’s Northwoods League All-Star Game, as demands for tickets is outpacing the ballpark’s capacity. Witter Field is a historic old Wisconsin State League and Midwest League ballpark, revitalized by the emergence of the Rafters last season. The All-Star Game […]

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Stars, Brewers extend PDC — by default

The Huntsville Stars (Class AA; Southern League) and the Milwaukee Brewers were the two left standing at the end of the dance, so they’ll extend their player-development contract — reluctantly — through 2012. It’s not been announced, though we received an email from a Brewers staffer about the deal. An announcement is expected in the […]

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